Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes

Region: Nepal’s Himalayan Zone.
Trek Type: Group Trekking Adventure.
Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group.
Popular Season to Trek: April to June and Sep to December.
Start & Finish Point: Kathmandu.
Trekking Duration: 15 nights / 16 days.
Trek Grade: Medium to Difficult.
Maximum Altitude: 18,519 feet / 5, 645 meters.
Approximate Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 450 meters.
Accommodation: Local hotels or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.

Welcome to the most amazing trek in this planet where you can see highest fresh water lake systems in the world, mighty mountains peaks gigantic glaciers and many more.

You can enjoy your life time in this trek as you are going to trek Gokyo Lakes, cross many glaciers, cross mighty 5000 meters above mountain pass, hike 2 times to 5000 meters and above mountains and finally reach to the base of world’s biggest mountain.

Your trek will start from Lukla. Initial days you will trek in villages, along side of rivers, streams. You will stay many colorful places amidst Sherpa culture. You can see many gigantic 8000 meters and above mountain peaks in the world like Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, and Mount Cho Oyu. Apart from the 8000 meters peaks you can see many 7000 meters plus and 6000 meters plus  mountains. Also you can see many Glaciers including 2 humongous glaciers in our planet like Ngozumpa and Khumbu glacier. You will cross Ngozumpa glacier and one small glacier during this trek also you will walk on Khumbu glacier and see the Khumbu Ice Fall during Everest Base Camp visit. You can see many beautiful sunrise and sunsets during this trek


DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu(1,400 meters / 4,593 feet).

Upon arrival at the historic city of Kathmandu, you will be checked into the hotel. Our representative will give you a brief about this trekking expedition. During leisure, you may consider visiting the popular Thamel Street that is home to several fine dining restaurants, pubs and plenty of trekking gears shops.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla(2,800 meters/9,186 feet) and Trek to Phakding(2,651 meters / 8,700 feet) : 3 Hours.

We will check out from the hotel early and head to the Tribhubhan Airport for our flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla will be a memorable experience. To begin with, it will be a tiny Dornier aircraft that flies in such high altitude sectors. It will be about 40 minutes of flying time to reach Lukla. You will get some jaw dropping views of the Himalayan Ranges. If you are sitting on the left side then you can see a series of snow capped mountains and several mountain top villages as well as dense green forests. Landing at this tiny table top run way is always a thrilling experience, no matter how many times you have come here.

Our guides and porters will meet you outside the airport of Lukla. We will have a quick breakfast and start our trek to Phakding. Lukla to Phakding is a downhill trek and most of the trail goes through villages where you can see beautiful monasteries and many Buddhist stupas. On our way, we will cross the first hanging bridge in this trek and crossing it will be a thrilling experience for all the trekkers.

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438 meters / 11,280 feet) : 6 - 7 Hours.

We will trek to Namche today and it is likely to take about 6 to 7 hours. Most of the time, today’s trekking trail will go alongside of the Dudh Koshi River and we will be crossing this very river as many as 5 times by hanging bridges. Once we start from Phakding and we cover a few portion of the trail, we will get to see a spectacular view of Thamserku Mountain. Today’s trail will also be passing through several Sherpa villages until we reach a place called Monjo. A village called Jorsale, is the last village before we reach Monjo and until Namche there are no more villages. So it important, that we have our lunch at Jorsale. After we pass Monjo, we will enter the protected region of the Sagarmatha National Park which covers the entire region of Everest and Khumbu Glacier. Once we start from Jorsale, we will get a hanging bridge to cross over to the other side of the river. The trail will be very close alongside of the river and in some instance we will pass through the river bed. Once we cover some distance, you can see the iconic twin hanging bridges from the trail. Once we cross these bridges the trail will be completely up-hill trek till we reach Namche Bazaar. This portion of the trek will strenuous and it is better if you walk at a pace that suits you the most. On a clear weather, you can get your first view of Mount Everest from this trail. You will get the first glimpse of Namche Bazaar once you arrive at the Namche Check Post. After Namche Check Post, we take several steps to reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 4: Acclimatization day in Namche.

Today’s day is kept for acclimatization in this high altitude, so we will stay in Namche. However, we will still explore this beautiful place and its surroundings.  We will visit Namche Museum and take a hike to beautiful Syangboche Airport (non operational). We will start a little late by 8:30 AM and first visit the Namche Museum. The museum has a spectacular flat ground and the views from this place are amazing. We can get to see several mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Kongde, Khumbila and many more. This very museum ground also houses a statue of Tenzing Norgay and it is a favorite photography spot for the trekkers. After visiting the Namche Museum, we will hike to the Syangboche Airport. It will be a steep hike, however it will not be strenuous. The non operational table top airport will surprise you and you will surely ask yourself, how could there be such a huge flat ground on a top of the mountain? After this, we will come down to Namche Bazaar or visit Khumjung Village, if time permits, we will visit the Hillary High School and the Khumjung Monastery.

Day 5: Trek to Mongla Village(3,950 meters / 12,959 feet) : 3-4 Hours.

We will start our trek for Mongla by 8 or 9 as the trekking time is less. The trail after Namche is really broad and an easy trek till to the Kyangjuma village. After Kyangjuma, it will be an up-hill trek to Mongla. This will be a little tough hike, from the bottom end of the trail the Mongla Village will seem like an endless hike. The view from Mongla is really awesome. Especially, the view of Thamserku and Khangteka Mountain. Once we reach Mongla, we will take have our lunch and spend the entire day here in this beautiful tiny village.

Day 6: Trek to Machhermo(4,470 meters / 14,665 feet) : 5-6 Hours.

After Mongla, the trail goes downhill to Phortse Thanga. On your left side, you can see the famous Phortse village situated opposite the river Dudh Koshi. The trail will be up-hill once you cross Phortse Thanga, however it will not be as tough as the Mongla hike that you took yesterday. This trail goes through dense Rhododendron forest  and you have a chance to spot a muck deer or a Himalayan Monal, so keep your eyes rolling while you cross this trail. You will see several water falls on the way to Dole. If you look on your back from this trail, you will get some nice views of Phortse and Tengboche villages, also Thamserku and Khangteka mountains. It will take about 2 to 2.5 hours of trekking to reach Dole from Phortse Thanga. Dole is a small settlement with many tea houses and from this place you will get some massive views of Thamserku and Khangteka. After spending some time here we will trek to Machhermo.

Trek to Machhermo is easy and short trek. However, a very small portion at the beginning of the trek will be a little tough. You will see a spectacular view of Cho Oyu Mountain once you come atop of the trail from Dole. This sight Cho Oyu, will continue throughout the trek. On this trail, you can see Cho Oyu on your front and Thamserku and Khangteka on the back. It is an easy trail to reach Machhermo and will take about 3 to 4 hours to reach here. After reaching Machhermo you can roam around the place or take rest in our tea house.

Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4,800 meters / 15,748 feet) : 5-6 Hours.

Today we start set ourselves early on a moderate trail to Gokyo. Once you start you can see the same view of Cho Oyu on the front and the view from the trail is really beautiful. We will get down to the river bank before hiking up to the moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier on a steep trail. We will see the first lake on our way. The first lake is a tiny one and we progress further the second will come and is really big comparison to the first one. One we cross further, we will get the third lake. The third lake is really big and beautiful. All the tea houses are situated on the bank of the third lake. The third lake is the most beautiful lake among the Gokyo Lakes system. Enjoy your day in a hotel/Tea house and soak yourself in the beauty of the Gokyo Lake and its surroundings.

Day 8: Trek to Thangnak (4, 750 meters /15,580 feet) after Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters / 17, 575 feet) hike: 6-7 Hours.

Today will start early morning and take a hike to Gokyo Ri. The morning time is perfect to get some clear and amazing views of the high peaks from Gokyo Ri. You will get some stunning views of the Gokyo Lakes from here. The several Himalayan high peaks, which are placed on single line can be clearly visible from Gokyo Ri. We will return to Gokyo from Gokyo Ri and proceed further to Thangnak. It is likely to take 2 to 3 hours of trekking time to from Gokyo to reach Thangnak, which is located at other side of Ngozamba Glacier. The trekking trail to reach Ngozamba Glacier goes above the third Gokyo Lake and descents to the glacier with a lot of ups and downs in the moraines of the glacier. After the glacier the trail is mostly flat up to Thangnak.

Day 9: Zongla/Dzongla (4, 858 meters / 15, 939 feet) via Chola Pass (5, 420 meters / 17, 782 feet): 7 to 8 Hours.

Today will be the toughest day of our trek, as are going to cross one of the high mountain pass in the Khumbu zone. We will start early in the morning after our breakfast and start towards Chola Pass. The trail goes up-hill immediately after Thangnak and the trail goes along side of a stream. The Initial part of the trail is moderate.

Once you get a prayer flag pole on top of a hill. You need to get down from this point. The views from here are spectacular. You will see a breathtaking glacier on your left, as well as get a view of Chola Pass.

 From this point, the trail goes on boulders and finally the trail goes steep up-hill to Chola Pass. The final part of the Chola Pass is tough. There are several loose scree on this trail that can create problem, so be really cautious while crossing on these scree. It may seem and endless hike to reach on top of Chola Pass, but once you reach here; you will forget the strenuous trek that you did to reach here. The view from Chola pass is extraordinary.  Atop the Chola Pass, you can see beautiful view of Lhotse, Baruntse, and several other mountains. The glacier below the Chola Pass makes everything appear spectacular from here. The pass is full of prayer flags and makes itself a photographic heaven. After spending sometime on the top, we will get down to other side and cross the glacier. Please be careful while crossing this glacier as this is not covered by moraines and may be slippery. Since it is a very small part, you need not worry much. After crossing the glacier the trail goes downhill to Zongla.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4, 940 meters /16,207 feet): 2 - 3 Hours.

Today’s trek is the easiest trek and will take 2 to 3 hours to reach Lobuche. While descending from Zongla, you can see Chola Tso Lake, which looks similar to Gokyo lakes. You can see Thokla pass memorials from the trail which is at the opposite side of our trail. After that we will get down to the river bed and the trail finally merges to the main trail which comes from Pheriche and Thukla. We will reach at Lobuche and take rest in our hotel.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (5,170 meters / 16,961 feet) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters / 17598 feet): 6-7 Hours.

Initial part of today’s trek is flat up-to the Lobuche pass, which is very small. After Lobuche pass, the trail goes through a lot of up and down on the moraines of Khumbu glacier to reach Gorakshep. From the trail you can see Khumbu glacier below and spectacular views of Pumori & Nuptse Mountains. After reaching Gorakshep, we will keep our bags in the hotel and take a tea break before starting for The Everest Base Camp. The trail to the base camp is much similar to what we crossed today before Gorakshep and the view is dominated by Pumori and Nuptse. You can only see a small part of Everest. Finally you need to get down to Khumbu glacier to reach Everest Base Camp. Everest base camp is situated on the glacier and covered by prayer flags. The base camp keeps shifting over a period of time as the glacier keeps moving. After spending some unforgettable time at the Everest base camp we will return to Gorakshep.

You can also visit Kala Patthar on the same day and see the sunset falling on Everest which is a spectacular view. However, the visibility of sunset over Everest is dependent on a clear weather.  

Day 12: Pheriche (4,371 meters/ 14,340 feet) after Kala Patthar (5,645 meters / 18,519 feet) Hike: 7-8 Hours.

Today we will start early in the morning and hike to Kala Patthar which takes about 3 hours to reach on the top of it. The views of Mount Everest can be seen from the trail. Once you go high the view of Everest becomes bigger. Once you reach at the top of Kala Patthar you see a magnificent view of Mount Everest especially during sunrise. We need to start our trek really early to see the sunrise on the mountain and the temperature will vary depending on the season. At times it can drop to minus 18. After spending our most unforgettable time on Kala Patthar, we will descend to Pheriche. The trail from Gorakshep to Pheriche is fully downhill. From Thukla/Dughla Pass to Thukla is a steep downhill and after this part the trail becomes flat on a river bed up to Pheriche.

Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar: 6-7 Hours.

Today we will trek back to Namche and most of the trail is easy. We will cross Shomare, Pangboche and Debuche village to reach Tengboche. The trail goes up-hill just after Debuche and we need to climb many steps before reaching Tengboche. Tengboche is a beautiful place and famous for its monastery. We will have our lunch here, depending on time or else we will have our lunch at Phungi Thanga, which is just below to Tengboche. After Tengboche we will trek downhill to Phungi Thanga and cross a hanging bridge. After the bridge the trail goes up-hill and this is the toughest part in today’s trek. We will cross Kyangjuma and other villages before reaching Namche Bazaar.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2, 800 meters / 9,186 feet): 6-7 Hours.

Today is the last trek of our journey. We will start from the Namche and the trail goes downhill from Namche and some part of the trail is steep downhill. After crossing the twin hanging bridge the trail goes along side of Dhud Koshi River and we will cross Jorsale and then Monjo. After Monjo the trail is moderate. Only before Lukla the trail becomes up-hill and we need to climb many steps before reaching Lukla.

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu

We will fly back to Kathmandu on the same flight that we took while coming. Most of the flights are in the morning and we can reach in Kathmandu before 10 AM. Spend the day at leisure and explore the historic city.

Day 16: Departure

Check out by 12 PM and we will drop you at the airport after giving you a trek completion certificate.

What Is Included

Airport pick up for international terminal.
Domestic airport transfers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights).
Accommodation during the trekking period (13 nights).
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
Certified guide.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
All government and local taxes.
Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason..
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Nepalese visa fee.
Tips for guide(s), porter(s).

ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU

Trekking Bag
UV Protected Sun Glasses
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Trekking Poles
Crocs Shoes/sandal
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack
Good jacket to protect from cold
Sleeping Bag
Windcheater
Thermals – Top and Bottom
Poncho (for rain)
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
Moisturizer
1 quick drying towel
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks
Toilet Paper
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries
Gloves
Trekking Socks
Gaiters for hiking in winter
Basic First Aid Kit
2-3 light weight trekking pants.
3-4 light weight trekking T-Shirt
4-6 pairs trekking socks
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.

INR. 37, 500*

(For Indian National Only)

USD. 750

(for Non Indian and Non Nepali Citizens)

*4.5% Service Tax will be applicable

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